John Travolta channels 'Pulp Fiction' twist scene in holiday ad with Samuel L. Jackson

Charles Trepany, USA TODAY
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John Travolta is throwing it back this holiday season.

In an ad for Capital One, the 66-year-old actor takes on the role of Santa Claus, while also channeling his character Vincent Vega from the 1994 film "Pulp Fiction," directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Among the many "Fiction" references, the ad opens with Travolta as Saint Nick reading out a Christmas wish list on his computer. As he reads, Travolta sips a milkshake, a nod to a memorable "Fiction" scene in which his character Vega and Mia Wallace, played by Uma Thurman, share a five-dollar milkshake.

Travolta concludes the list by reading out "3,000 bolo ties," one of Vega's signature accessories, before getting a surprise video chat request from none other than his "Pulp Fiction" co-star Samuel L. Jackson.

When Jackson asks if he's off "the naughty list" this year, Travolta has a clever reply.

"Are you off the naughty words?" Travolta asks the actor.

The commercial then ends with Travolta recreating his dance moves from the famous twist contest scene in "Pulp Fiction." But instead of having Travolta dance with Thurman to the Chuck Berry song "You Never Can Tell," the commercial sees the actor bust a move with Mrs. Claus to Berry's holiday hit "Run Run Rudolph."

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Contributing: Sara M Moniuszko

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